Parent-Student Handbook 2021-2022 - Oveta Culp Hobby Elementary School 53210 Lost Moccasin Fort Hood, TX 76544 254-336-6500

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Parent-Student Handbook 2021-2022 - Oveta Culp Hobby Elementary School 53210 Lost Moccasin Fort Hood, TX 76544 254-336-6500
Oveta Culp Hobby Elementary School
       53210 Lost Moccasin
       Fort Hood, TX 76544

 Parent-Student Handbook

Oveta Culp Hobby Elementary School is a pre-kindergarten 3 through third
     grade campus. Our campus offers a number of programs to meet the
     individual needs of each child at our school. These programs include English
     Language Learners (ELL), GT, special education, 504, Dyslexia, speech
     therapy, and tutoring within the school day. By offering these programs, we
     hope each student will achieve his/her fullest potential.

       The information in this handbook will assist you in becoming more
        familiar with our school policies and procedures. The Oveta Culp
        Hobby Parent-Student Handbook reflects Hobby policies and the
               indicates KISD policy that supports success for all.

                 School Hours
Breakfast                          7:30 a.m.

First Bell (Classes begin)         8:00 a.m.
Tardy Bell                         8:10 a.m.

Dismissal (PK3 & PK4)               3:15 p.m.
Dismissal (Kinder – 1st)
Dismissal (2nd – 3rd)
                                    3:25 p.m.
                                    3:25 p.m.           Pride
Early Dismissal (PK3 & PK4)         1:15 p.m.
Early Dismissal (Kinder – 1st)      1:25 p.m.
Early Dismissal (2nd – 3rd)         1:25 p.m.

                                               Mission Statement

                                   At Oveta Culp Hobby Elementary,
                                   we are focused on doing what is
                                      best for students in order to
                                     create a challenging, positive
                                      learning environment where
                                    every Patriot grows every day.

Attendance is recorded at 8:30 am. Students who are present at this time will be
counted present for the entire day. Students are counted absent if not int their
classroom by 10:00 a.m. Excused absences include illness, sickness or death in the
family, military rest and recuperation, quarantine, observance of religious holy days, or
weather/road conditions making travel dangerous. The State of Texas requires that we
keep accurate data of all absences, therefore a parent/guardian must send a written
explanation of each absence to your child’s teacher or to the attendance secretary
within five (5) days of the student’s return to school. Include the following on the note:
name of student, name of teacher, date of absence(s), and specific reason for the
absence(s). Note: If your child has a medical appointment during school hours, bring a
note from the doctor’s office. Absences for which notes are not received within five (5)
days will be classified as UNEXCUSED. After a student has accumulated (10) absences
(excused by a parent/guardian note), documentation from a health care professional will
be required for any additional absences. Perfect Attendance awards will be given at the
end of each semester to students who have not accumulated any absences for the
semester. For more information, please see the KISD Student Code of Conduct.

Students who are checked out early or absent may not come back to campus to
attend programs or events.

The first school bell rings at 8:00 a.m. All students should be in their classrooms by
8:10 a.m. when the tardy bell rings. If your child is not in his/her classroom by this time,
they will need to report to the front office for an admission slip before going to the

The KISD School Board gives each school the ability to build and enforce its own tardy
policy within the limits set by board policy and state law. Our Tardy Policy is as follows:

  # of
                    PK 3 – 1st Grade                          2nd – 3rd Grade
    4      Notify Parent                          Notify Parent
    8      Parent/Student Conference with         Parent/Student Conference with
           Administrator                          Administrator
    12                                            1 Lunch Detention
           1 Lunch Detention
    13     Conference with Principal              Conference with Principal
    16     1 Lunch Detention                      ½ Day ISS
    20     1 Lunch Detention                      Full Day ISS
    24                                            Saturday Detention at Clifton Park
           1 Lunch Detention

We realize that students are not responsible for getting themselves to school on time.
This is why it is of the utmost importance for us to partner together to ensure
instructional time for your child is maximized.

We enjoy having your PK 3, PK 4, and kindergarten child at Hobby. Please remember
this is a full day instructional program. Attendance expectations are intended for ALL
students to include those enrolled in PK 3, PK4, and kindergarten. The law, as it is
written in the Texas Education Code, states: Texas Education Code-Sec.25.085.
COMPULSORY SCHOOL ATTENDANCE – A child who is required to attend
school under this section shall attend school each school day for the entire
period the program of instruction is provided. On enrollment in prekindergarten
or kindergarten, a child shall attend school. Enrolling your child in school regardless
of the age, acknowledges that you understand that the attendance and tardy policy will
apply to all students.

Early Check Outs
Students are not signed out after 2:45 p.m. on regular school days or 12:45 p.m. on
early out days as teachers are preparing students for their dismissal and ensuring that
students get to their correct dismissal areas safely. Please plan accordingly.
Extenuating circumstances will be handled by campus administration. You may be
asked to provide documentation for an appointment.

Please notify the classroom teacher and the office at least five (5) days in advance of
the planned withdrawal date. Return all textbooks and library books, and pay all fines
owed to the school (library and textbook fines) prior to withdrawing.

Transfers to Hobby
Students who are at Hobby Elementary on approved transfers may have those transfers
revoked should they experience attendance, tardiness, or behavior issues. Please
understand that parents are responsible for making sure their students are at school on
time and follow behavioral expectations in order to stay at Hobby. Please note:
Transfers may be revoked for students who violate rules of discipline,
attendance, tardies, or are consistently late being picked up.

When families move from the Hobby attendance zone, it is a district requirement that
transfer requests be filled out in order to continue to attend Hobby.

ARRIVAL and AFTER SCHOOL PROCEDURES - Students should not arrive on
campus before 7:30 a.m.

Before School
Because the doors are locked and staff members are not available to ensure your
child’s safety, students should not arrive on campus before 7:30 a.m. After entering
the building, students who are eating breakfast should go directly to the cafeteria.

Breakfast is not served after 7:55 a.m. All other students should proceed directly to their
classroom hallway where they are supervised.

After School
Our school supports 100% ID card check. There are no exceptions. Students may be
dismissed to parents/guardians or their designees. Designees must be authorized by
the parent/guardian and listed on the student registration card in the office. Students in
2nd through 3rd grade are allowed to walk home if there is a note on file authorizing this
method. Students in kindergarten through 3rd grade, which are dismissed at the
front, are not allowed to walk to the PK3/PK4 pick-up area in order to get into a
vehicle. The staff on duty has no way of knowing to whom the students may be

All students should leave the campus no later than 3:45 p.m. unless participating in an
approved after school activity. When school is dismissed, children are expected to leave
the campus immediately. They may not wait in the classrooms, inside, or outside the
building for siblings who are attending after school activities. Parents are requested to
support teachers and staff by picking students up at the proper dismissal time. If
students are not picked up in the afternoon by 4:15 p.m. on regular dismissal
days, the military police will be called.

Pick up is not authorized along Lost Moccasin Drive or Tipi Trail in front of the

Students in 2nd through 3rd grade are allowed to ride bicycles to and from school.
Students who ride bikes to school must get off upon entering school property and walk
the bicycle to the bike rack. It must be locked securely to the rack to prevent theft.
Sidewalks must be used. According to the KISD Code of Conduct, skateboards,
rollerblades, and scooters are prohibited from school property.

Bus Riders
Bus rules are established for the safety of all students who ride the school bus. Hobby
students are expected to obey all rules. Busses are monitored with video camera
devices. Please review the section below if this applies to your child:

⇒ Students are expected to:
  Obey the rules of the driver.
  Remain seated in his/her assigned seat after entering the bus.
  Keep hands, feet and other objects to self.
  Refrain from unnecessary noise.

⇒ Riding the bus is a student privilege provided by the district, whether to and from
      school, or on school sponsored trips (to include field trips). See field trip rules (p.

⇒ Refusal to follow the bus rules will result in parent being contacted, detention, and
     suspension of bus privileges and/or complete loss of bus privileges. Parents will
     be responsible for transportation to and from school if bus-riding privileges are

  ⇒ Students are subject to being suspended from riding the bus if misconduct is
      reported that jeopardizes the safety of the students riding the bus.

      Pre-K and Kindergarten students must be released from the bus to an authorized
      person. All authorized people must be listed on the bus pouch. Students who are
      not met at the bus by an authorized person will be returned to the campus.
      Students who are returned to the campus three times may have their bus
      privileges revoked.

Car Riders
Parents are requested to obey all traffic laws when on school grounds. The speed limit
on campus grounds is 10 mph. There is no parking in the circle drive that is designated
as a fire lane. You can be cited by the military police if you are in a designated fire lane
or improperly parked in a handicap parking spot.

Car riders should be dropped off only at the front of the campus or on the north side of
the building. When dropping your child off, please use the drop off lanes. Please do not
stop your car in the crosswalk. Students should remain in the car until you drive up to a
staff member who will open the car door and assist children. Children may not be
dropped off in the parking lots as this raises serious safety concerns. If you are using
the parking lot, you will need to park and walk your child across the cross walk.
Additionally, students may not walk to meet you in the parking lot.

It is against the law to be on your cellphone while driving on school property or on Fort

If it is after 8:00 a.m., and no staff is outside, parents must park their vehicle and
walk their student to the front office. Students who walk in alone will have to wait in
the office until parents are reached and return to sign in their child.

All parents/guardians or their designees must present ID cards at car rider dismissal.
PK3 and PK4 exit only to the north parking lot for pick up. Students in kindergarten
through 3rd grade are not allowed to be picked up in the north parking lot due to the
inability to check ID cards.

By Fort Hood command, PK--1st grade students will not walk to or from school
without adult supervision. Thirteen-year-old (13) siblings or siblings who are twelve
(12), in the 6th grade, and who have completed the American Red Cross Babysitter
Certification Course are considered adults for the purpose of this activity.

The use of crosswalks is vital to the safety of your child. Students who walk to and from
school need to cross the road using the crosswalks on campus and Lost Moccasin.
When on campus, please use the crosswalks to escort your child across from the
parking lot to the campus. If there is a crossing guard present, please follow their
directions. Assist us in setting the example by using the crosswalks at every

In accordance with KISD policy, birthday parties are not permitted at school. Parents
are required to make arrangements with the teacher to bring a store-bought snack to
school in celebration of a student’s birthday during the last fifteen minutes of their
classroom day. Please check with the teacher before purchasing items in case students
have food allergies. No other items can be brought to celebrate the birthday (ie. ice
cream, presents, other snacks, etc.). Deliveries (balloons, flowers, etc.) to children are
not permitted. These items will not be accepted from the delivery personnel. Invitations
to birthday parties or other celebration invitations may only be handed out if all class
members are invited.


Breakfast is served each morning from 7:30 a.m. to 7:55 a.m. The line is closed at 7:55
a.m. and all students are transitioned to class by 8:00 a.m. If you plan on your child
eating breakfast at school, please ensure your child arrives with enough time to get
through the line and eat. Uneaten breakfast may not be taken from the cafeteria. A note
from a physician must be submitted for any child with food allergies or dietary
restrictions for their dietary needs to be accommodated. There are no charges for

Students eat lunch at a scheduled time with their class. All children must have a sack
lunch or money in their lunch account. Students will be allowed to charge their lunch
one time. Parents must repay the charge back. Notes are given to students to take
home when their accounts are low. Students who do not have lunch money or a lunch
and have an unpaid charge on their account are provided a sandwich and water.
The cafeteria cashier will give a written note to the student when his/her account is low.
It is the student’s responsibility to make sure the note is taken home. Please encourage
your child to inform you if money is needed in his/her account. Money in the student’s
account may be used to purchase breakfast, lunch, or extra items. Parents are asked to
inform the cafeteria personnel, in writing, if they do not want their child to purchase extra

In order to establish safe and consistent cafeteria procedures and time for our students
to build positive relationships with their peers in the cafeteria environment, we will have
closed campus lunches. You may eat lunch with your child Tuesday and Thursday
beginning after the first month of school (exceptions will be announced).
If your child is in PK4 through 3rd grade you may join your student in the cafeteria. PK3
students eat in their classrooms. If you plan on eating a school lunch, please notify the
teacher in writing that morning in order to ensure that plenty of food is prepared. The full
adult price must be paid as the meal is received. You will enter the building as usual,
sign in at the office, surrender a picture ID, wear a visitor’s tag, and then go directly to
the cafeteria to meet your child. You will sit only with your child at a parent/child-
designated table. Parents are not to remove children from the cafeteria nor accompany
their child back to the classroom. We ask that you and your child follow the cafeteria
expectations. If parents do not follow the rules, they will be banned from attending lunch
with their child. Meal prices, as well as the menu, can be found on the KISD website
under School Nutrition.

**A note from a physician must be submitted for any child with food allergies or dietary
restrictions for their dietary needs to be accommodated.

In accordance with Texas Department of Agricultural guidelines, student may not
share food from their tray and adults are not allowed to eat from a student’s tray.

Free & Reduced Meals
Free and reduced priced breakfast and lunches are available for families that qualify
according to income. Only one application needs to be filled out per family; however,
parents must fill out a new application each year. Applications are submitted to KISD
food services for approval. To fill out an online application, go to
First, click on Departments, and then click on School Nutrition to display the website.
The link will take you to the SchoolCafe program to complete the application. You are
welcome to come in and use one of our library computers. You can also download the
SchoolCafe app on your smart phone. Should you have any questions about how to fill
out the application, please contact the district School Nutrition Office at (254) 336-0775.
Killeen ISD will continue to serve free breakfast and lunch to all students across the
district for the remainder of the 2021-2022 school year.

The lunch menu can be found on the School Café App or on the Killeen ISD nutrition
page. Students in our PK3 and PK4 programs are served an alternative menu.

Teachers will collect money from the students and submit it to the cafeteria each
morning. Parents may choose to bring money to the cafeteria between meal services
(8:00-10:00). Alternatively, parents may bring money to the office to be submitted to the

cafeteria. Another option is to use School Café at This is a
simple, safe, and secure portal for making payments.

If you are leaving the district, you must fill out a form with the KISD Nutrition
Department to indicate how you would like your remaining school lunch account
balance to be distributed after your student is withdrawn from the district. You may fill
out a form in the front office and return it to the campus cafeteria or email the form to

If you have any questions about remaining lunch balances, you may contact the
district’s school nutrition department at (254)336-0775.

As stated in the KISD Student Code of Conduct, students may not display, turn on, or
use a cellular telephone or other telecommunication devices on school property during
the school day. Violators are subject to having the device confiscated by a teacher or
other school official for a period of time deemed appropriate by the principal and are
subject to disciplinary action. Neither the campus nor the district assumes
responsibility or liability for loss or damage to a device or the unauthorized use
of the device.

In case of an emergency, it’s important that the school be able to contact you or your
selected friends or relatives. We also have an automated information system that allows
us to contact every parent with information items and emergency items. The Parent
Connect Ed system can only contact you if it has the most up to date telephone number.
If you move or have a change in your home, cell, or work telephone number
during the school year, you must come to the office to make the change on your
child’s registration card. This cannot be handled over the telephone. If you change
your address, a new proof of residency will be required, and you must change the
registration card information as well. The only person who can change the registration
card is the person who signed the card at registration.

If you need to pick up your child before official dismissal, you must sign out your child in
the office. Please send a note to the teacher if possible so that he/she may be prepared.
Students are not released from class until you actually arrive at school and the office
calls for him/her. For the safety of our students ANY PERSON, including a parent
and/or guardian, who checks a student out MUST SHOW a photo ID and be listed on
the registration card – NO EXCEPTIONS. To prevent classroom disruptions, parents
will NOT be able to check students out after 2:30 pm or 12:30 pm on early release days.

Please do not request a change of placement as we do not typically move students
unless required by enrollment numbers. All Hobby teachers are highly qualified and
prepared to assist you in educating your child. Teachers plan collaboratively and have
common assessments, so the level and pace of instruction is similar between classes.
Experience has shown that students adjust to their teachers and peers quite well.
Everyone at Hobby is here to support our students and offer them a challenging,
positive learning environment. If you have any specific concerns about your child, we
ask that you please first address your concerns with the teacher.

Classroom observations require the permission of the principal or designee and the
teacher. Parents who wish to observe their children in class must call the school office
in advance, make an appointment, and must comply with the access rules. This does
not apply to parents identified as registered sex offenders because they are denied
campus access altogether. If it is determined that excessive visits are interrupting the
learning environment, the principal has the discretion to limit visits on a case-by-case
basis. Parent teacher conferences are encouraged through-out the year. Teachers are
available by appointment. To schedule a teacher conference, please contact the
teacher by telephone, email, or note.

   •   The nurse and clinic aide are available to care for minor injuries and illnesses.
       Parents will be called for all emergencies and concerns. Please have up-to-date
       contact information.

   •   Please do not send your child to school sick as it may quickly spread to others.

   •   Please keep the clinic informed if your child’s health information changes
       throughout the year.

   •   State law mandates that all shot records must be up to date or your child will not
       be able to enroll. If you have questions, the school nurse or clinic aide, will be
       happy to assist you.

   •   Children in Pre-k – 2nd are encouraged to keep a seasonal change of clothes at
       school. Young students should be dressed in clothing that they can easily
       change themselves. The district policy for wet or soiled clothing for student’s Pre-
       K through 3rd is located on next two pages.

   •   If an injury or illness appears serious, the clinic staff will call parents. When a
       child has a fever over 100.0ºF, the parent/guardian will be contacted, and the
       child must be sent home. If a student must be sent home, he/she will remain in
       the clinic until picked up by parent/guardian. Students who have vomited may
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also be sent home.

   •   Parents must deliver any medication to the clinic. Teachers are not allowed to
       give any medication to students. All medications require completion of a form by
       a physician. These forms are available in the office. No medication, including
       over-the-counter medication (such as throat lozenges, etc.), will be administered
       without the above-mentioned paperwork.

   •   Texas State Law and KISD policy require that all students present a validated up
       to date immunization record at the time of enrollment. The record must remain as
       complete as medically feasible for the student to remain in class. Additional
       information can be found in “Policy Online”, at FFAB legal.

Minimum Immunization Requirements:
   • Pre-K – 12th grade:
Exemptions: Exclusion from compliance are allowable on an individual basis for:
   • 1. Medical contraindications with a note from a physician – Texas Admin Code
              Rule 97.62
   • 2. Reasons of conscience, including a religious belief.
Provisional Enrollment:
   • The State of Texas allows a student to be given a 30 day Provisional enrollment
   • 1. The student is a dependent of an active military parent and the student is
       awaiting transfer of immunization records.
   • 2. The student is transferring from one Texas school to another and is awaiting
       the transfer of immunization records.
   • 3. The student is homeless as defined by §103 if the McKinney Act, 42 USC

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General Information

   ·   The district procedure for wet or soiled clothing should be included in the campus
       section of the student handbook.

   ·   Parents of all PK and K students must provide an extra set of clothing (to include
       shirt, shorts, pants, underwear, socks and shoes) labeled with the child’s name in
       a grocery sack or Ziploc bag. The clothing will be stored in the classroom. At the
       change of seasons, the clothing should be sent home to be replaced by season-
       appropriate clothing.

   ·   If a child is unable to change his/her own clothing, the parent will be required to
       come to the school to change the student’s clothing.

   ·   Before assisting any child with zippers, buttons, clasps or belts, permission from
       the child will be obtained.

   ·   The school will not provide clothing for any student. The parent must provide all
       changes of clothing.

   ·   If a child appears ill (no energy, pale, stomach cramps) and has diarrhea (liquid
       stool), they will be sent to the clinic for evaluation.

Wet Clothing PK3 – 5th Grade

  ·    The teacher will allow the student to change their wet clothes in the classroom
       restroom. The teacher will notify the parent. The teacher will send the wet
       clothes home in the bag that was provided by the parent for the dry clothes.

  ·    If the classroom doesn’t have a restroom, a staff member can accompany the
       student to the restroom where the student will change his/her clothes in the

  ·    If the child has wet his/her clothes, he or she will clean themselves with wipes,
       change their clothes, place their clothes in a bag and wash their hands before
       returning to the learning environment.

  ·    Most students should be able to change wet clothing by themselves. However, if
       the child needs assistance with zippers, buttons, belts or clasps, a staff person

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can assist with a minimal task, and then allow the child to remove the clothing by

      ·   If clothing is not provided and/or the child is unable to change by themselves, the
          parent will bring a change of clothes and change their child.

      ·   The child cannot be sent home on the bus or to after school day care with wet

  Soiled Clothing PK3 – 5th Grade

      ·   If the child has soiled his/her clothes, the parent will be called immediately and
          required to come and take care of the child’s personal needs as soon as
          possible. The child will await the parent in a campus designated area (not to
          include the clinic) and be given the option to stand until the parent arrives.

      ·   The parent may take the child home to properly clean the child. The parent may
          return the student back to school once he/she is in clean clothes.

      ·   The child cannot be sent home on the bus or to after school day care with soiled

  Students Who Are In Transition

      ·   The student is to wear pull-ups instead of diapers.

      ·   The parent is to send extra pull-ups, wipes, a change of clothes and grocery
          bags (to send wet clothes home in) labeled with the child’s name.

      ·   The procedures for wet/soiled pull-ups will be in accordance with the procedures
          for wet/soiled clothing listed above.

  DATE: October 2009                  CONTACT PERSON: Coordinator for Health Services
          December 8, 2014

Hygiene Assistance for PK3 & PK4 Program POLICY & Acknowledgement

In an effort to provide the best learning environment for all students, it is our expectation
that the 3-year-old and 4-year-old students be potty-trained. However, we understand
that with early learners, accidents may happen. On those occasions, we request that
parent’s partner with the school in the following ways:

Students who are potty-trained:

•      The parent is to send wipes and a change of weather appropriate clothes labeled
with the child’s name.

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•      Most students should be able to change wet clothing by themselves. However, if
the child needs assistance with zippers, buttons or clasps, a staff person can assist with
a minimal task, and then allow the child to remove the wet clothing by himself/herself.

•      If the child has wet his/her clothes, he/she will use a wipe and change clothes
before returning to the learning environment.

•      If the child has soiled his/her clothes, the parent will be called immediately. The
parent is required to come and take care of the child’s personal needs within a 30-
minute time frame. The child will await the parent in the front office/clinic area and will
be given the option to stand until the parent arrives.

Students who are in transition:

•      The student is to wear pull-ups instead of diapers.

•      The parent is to send extra pull-ups, wipes and a change of weather appropriate
clothes labeled with the child’s name.

•     Throughout the day, the student will be provided various restroom breaks and will
be encouraged to use the bathroom.

•       During these classroom restroom breaks (per the teacher’s schedule), the child
will be responsible for letting the teacher know if their pull-up needs to be changed.

•      Most students should be able to change wet clothing by themselves. However, if
the child needs assistance with zippers, buttons or clasps, a staff person can assist with
a minimal task, and then allow the child to remove the clothing by himself/herself.

•    If the child has a wet pull-up, he or she will use wipes, put on a fresh pull-up, and
change clothes (if necessary) before returning to the learning environment.

•       If the child has a soiled pull-up, the parent will be called immediately. The parent
will be expected to come and take care of the child’s personal needs within a 30-minute
time frame. The child will await the parent in the front office/clinic area and will be given
the option to stand until the parent arrives.

Thank you so much for working with us on your child’s hygiene. Please be assured that
your child’s hygiene needs will be handled in a non-punitive, child-friendly, and non-
intrusive manner.


Hygiene Assistance for PK3 & PK4 Program POLICY


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Dear Parent(s):

Please read the Hygiene Assistance for PK3 & PK4 Program POLICY, sign this
Acknowledgement Form and return to your student’s teacher.

I understand the Hygiene Assistance for PK3 & PK4 Program POLICY and AGREE to
partner with the school and the teacher to meet the expectations and requirements.

Student Name (printed)                   Grade                 Teacher

Parent(s) Name (printed)


Parent(s) Signature                                                   Date


Contact Information
It is vital to inform the school when emergency contact information needs to be
changed. Often parents will update phone numbers or contact information with
teachers; however, we still ask that you come to the office to officially update your
child’s record on the student registration card. Students will only be released to contacts
whose names are on the registration card filed in the office.

Parents/guardians must physically come into the office to change or update an
emergency card. A handwritten note or telephone call to the office will not be accepted
for another individual to pick up a child. It is a requirement to show a picture ID when
picking your child up from school. We will not release your child to anyone whose name
is not on the card. If there is a court order limiting who may pick up a child from school,
the court order must be on file in the office.

The Fort Hood School Liaison Officer or the Military Police may be called for assistance
when the school is unable to reach a parent or an emergency contact person for a
medical emergency or for failure to pick up a student at dismissal.

Email & Messaging System
The most efficient way to contact and communicate with your child’s teacher is through
school email. All staff members have an email account and teachers are asked to check

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their email at least twice per day. Staff email is generally set up like the following

You may also call the office and leave a message for your child’s teacher. We do not
interrupt instructional time, so the message will be placed in the teacher’s office

Some teachers use a message system, such as Dojo. Teachers are expected to teach
during instructional time. Like email, teachers will check Dojo during breaks or
before/after school. Please allow up to 24 hours for a response.

Hobby Elementary has an official Facebook site. You can find us at or you can search Oveta Culp Hobby Elementary
School. The official Facebook site has a picture of our school. Please like our page!

Parents can utilize the KISD online computer program eSchoolPLUS to access student
grades and attendance on a daily basis. For more information about accessing
eSchoolPLUS, please see the Hobby office staff.

KISD now supports a phone app which makes staying connected to your student’s
academic progress even easier. Information about the eSchoolPLUS Mobile Family App
can be found on the district’s website under the Students & Parents link. Again, if you
need any assistance please let us know.

KISD requires that progress reports be sent to parents of children whose achievement
is 75 or below in the middle of each grading period. At Hobby, we send these progress
reports home with all students.

Report cards will be sent to parents/guardians of kindergarten through third grade
student at the end of each 9-week grading period. The report card should be reviewed,
signed, and returned to school as soon as possible.

PK3 and PK4 students do not receive a report card the first 9-weeks. Teachers will hold
conferences to report progress. Students will receive a report card/progress report
starting the second 9-week period.

Marquee Announcements
Special announcements may be posted on the school marquee. State testing, holidays,
and other events will be noted weekly.

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A school newsletter will be sent out at the beginning of each month. The newsletter will
include updates from each grade level, the counselors, the librarian, and the parent
liaison. The newsletter will also include important dates.

Parent Teacher Conferences
At Hobby Elementary, we require one conference in the fall and one in the spring to
clearly communicate your child’s progress. However, the Hobby staff welcomes the
opportunity to work with you and your child throughout the school year. Parent
conferences may be held as needed and teachers will schedule these conferences with
each parent. Parents are also encouraged to contact the teacher when there is a
question about the child or classroom activities. Each grade level has a scheduled
conference time that is set aside to meet with parents. If needed, we can contact your
command to assist you with scheduling a conference. If you need to visit with a teacher,
please make an appointment with him/her. Understand that before school and at
dismissal our primary concern is the safety of your child. Dismissal is not to be used for
conference purposes.

School Closing
KISD may close schools because of bad weather or emergency conditions. This also
includes a delayed start or an early closure. This information will be posted on the KISD
web site, local television, and radio stations, and will be communicated to parents
through a ConnectEd telephone call.

KISD maintains a website with a wealth of information about the district. Within the
KISD website, each school also maintains a website. To find out more about our staff,
school, and upcoming events, please visit the campus website. To access the campus
website, please go to Once there, click on the link for
Schools and then on the Oveta Culp Hobby link.

Weekly Folders
Each student at Hobby Elementary will have a weekly folder that will be sent home each
Wednesday. Please look through the folder and return any materials that need to be
signed. Some grade levels send home daily communicators. Some grade levels may
opt to send home daily folders.

If you may have a concern, we value your input and request that you allow us the
opportunity to investigate and respond. If the concern is about a classroom situation, we
ask that you attempt to resolve the concern with your child’s teacher as a first
course of action. If you still have concerns after speaking to your child’s teacher, the
grade level assistant principal will be happy to assist you further.

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Throughout the school year, our guidance counselors provide various services and
resources for the students. Our counselors present guidance lessons to students at
each grade level on topics such as character education, friendship, bullying, manners,
goal setting, careers, feelings, problem solving and social-emotional learning. Small
group counseling services are offered as needed. In addition, individual students have
the option of filling out a self-referral to see the counselor. The counselors are available
to speak with staff and parents about personal needs or needs of their student(s).
Referral forms are available to staff, students, and parents to request counseling
services. Please inquire with our counselor for a form.

Instruction is based on the state standards or the Texas Essential Knowledge & Skills
(TEKS) and the district curriculum. To view the curriculum for your child’s grade, you
may visit the KISD website and click on the Students & Parents link at the top. Under
the resource list on the left, you will find a link to the TEKS Resource System. This
website is where parents can log in and view the curriculum.

In order to preserve a continuous learning environment, there will be no deliveries of
any nature made directly to classrooms. No commercial deliveries of food will be made
to any classrooms. Deliveries (balloons, flowers, etc.) to children are not permitted.

We pledge that Hobby will be a safe and orderly campus and expect our students to
follow the classroom, campus and district guidelines for discipline. Hobby has adopted
Restorative Discipline Practice as our schoolwide discipline plan. Some consequences
that may be used if a student is referred to the principal for discipline include in-school
suspension, time-out in the office, assignment to the Saturday Detention Center or out-
of-school suspension. Students’ waiting to see administrator for discipline, may be
placed in ISS for safe monitoring. Parents will be informed about discipline problems so
we can work together for the welfare of each child. We have high expectations for our
students and want Hobby to be a safe, orderly and happy place for every child. The
Guidance and Behavior Committee has established campus wide behavior expectations
for the cafeteria, hallways and playground.

A plan is in place at Hobby if an emergency situation arises. During the school year,
staff and students practice the following safety drills: fire, tornado, bomb threat and
lockdown. If you happen to be present during a drill, you will be asked to fully participate
for the duration of the drill. In case of bad weather, you will be asked to follow the rules
for safety that are given at the school and in our district policy.

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Documents required for Kindergarten through 5th enrollment are:

   1. Birth Certificate

   2. Social Security Card

   3. Proof of Residency

   4. Immunization Record

   5. Picture ID of the person registering the child

PK needs the documents above plus special requirements for qualification prior to

Participation in afterschool clubs is a privilege. Students may be removed from activities
by an administrator due to low performance, poor attendance, late pick-ups or behavior

Field trips are planned for educational purposes to meet learning objectives. Students
MUST HAVE a signed permission slip for each field trip before they leave the campus.
Students can be denied the opportunity to attend field trips based on campus
behavior as determined by campus administration. To attend an event that is during
the school day, guests/parents must also have permission to attend an event from

 For your child to participate, a permission slip must be signed and returned prior to the
trip. We ask that you do not use the loss of a field trip as a consequence for behavior.
Field trips are an extension of your child’s classroom instruction and teachers use these
experiences for learning activities after the trip. When students are not able to attend a
field trip, your child is sent to a classroom in another grade level.

Parents who wish to volunteer or participate in field trips or field day must be cleared
with a KISD background check and attend a volunteer orientation training each year.
This takes approximately 2 weeks for processing, so allow sufficient time prior to the
field trip or field day. Please contact our parent liaison for details for completing this

It’s natural for children to feel excitement or even some fears about the beginning of
school. Here are a few things you can do to make this exciting time easier for your child:
     • Be sure you have made arrangements for your child’s lunch.

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•   Be sure your child knows what to do after school. Is he or she to walk home, ride
       the bus, or ride a bicycle? Does a baby-sitter or child care provider pick your
       child up?
   •   Please have all personal items labeled with your child’s name.
   •   One of the best things you can do to build independence is to give a hug, a kiss,
       and a good-bye. Your child is in good hands! Our teachers are ready for the
       school routine to be established.

First Day of School Suggestions

Welcome to Oveta Culp Hobby Elementary School! The first day of school is an exciting
experience for both students and teachers. There are a few things you can do to help
make it easier for everyone. Here are some suggestions:

   •   Your child’s room and teacher assignment will be posted on the cafeteria
       windows. Teachers, assistants, and support staff will be in the hallways to help
       your child.

   •   Your child must have a sack lunch, lunch money, or money in his/her lunch

   •   Please be sure your child and teacher understand how he/she will get home after
       school (pick up, bus, walker, or SAS). Children in PK 3, PK4, kindergarten, and
       1st grade must be picked up, as directed by the post commander, by
       parent/guardian or another designated adult. The person designated to pick up
       the student must be listed on the registration card in the office.

   •   Although your child’s teacher would like to know as much about your child as
       possible, please understand that the first day of school is not a good time for
       conferences. Any important information should be communicated in writing, or
       you can make an appointment for a conference at a later time. Thank you for
       understanding so teachers can focus on ensuring all students get home safely.

   •   Parents may walk their students to class only during the first week of school. This
       applies for all grade levels. ☺

   •   In order to facilitate an orderly hallway, please escort your child to the room, say
       your goodbyes, and exit the building promptly, even if your child is upset. Our
       caring staff is experienced in dealing with these situations. Your child is in
       excellent hands.

   •   After the first week of school, please say your goodbyes at one of the “hugs &
       kisses” areas located at the front of the school and the PK 3 entrance.

Home Access Center is a portal to allow parents/guardians to view their child/children’s
assignments, grades, and attendance. If you have more than one child attending Killeen
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Home Access Center you must have a valid email address. You must also be listed as a
Guardian on the child’s information card. Once you have been given access, you will
receive an email letting you know your account has been established. This email will
provide directions on how to log in to Home Access Center. If at that time one of your
children does not show up, please contact the school that child attends so it can be
corrected. The eSchoolPLUS Family App allows you to view your student's current
classwork, schedule, grades and more using your smart phone or tablet. It uses the same
login and password as Home Access Center and can be downloaded from iTunes,
Google Play, or the Amazon app store. See page 23 for more information.

The following standards of dress and grooming apply as noted here and in the District Student
Code of Conduct. All dress code issues will be subject to the campus administrator’s judgment.

   1. Pants, slacks, jeans, skirts and dresses are acceptable attire and must be worn at the
       waist, with no “sagging”. “Sagging” (wearing pants below the waistline or showing
       underwear) is not permitted.
   2. Dresses, skirts or shorts shall be no shorter than 4” inches above the top of the knee,
       not more than one size too large or too small. Leggings and jeggings are considered
       hosiery and can be worn under any skirt or short outfit that is no shorter than 6 inches
       above the top of the knee. They should never be worn as pants.
   3. Apparel designed as underwear or nightwear may not be visible or worn as outer
   4. Apparel designed for recreation, such as tank tops, fishnet shirts, etc., is unacceptable.
       Students in Pre-K -2 can wear tank tops (no spaghetti straps) during extremely hot
   5. Tight and/or revealing clothing, costumes and accessories that may draw undue
       attention to the student are prohibited. Clothing which is of transparent and/or see-
       through material should not be worn. Students must wear tops that cover the upper
       body, shoulders, and extend beyond the midriff leaving no skin exposed when
       participating in the normal activities associated with school. (Ex. No halter-tops, tube
       tops, spaghetti straps, etc.)
   6. Head coverings, bandanas (in any manner), hoods, and sweatbands in any manner may
       not be worn inside the building.
   7. Students must wear footwear that is appropriate for school and PE (No boots, flip-flops,
       or strappy sandals on PE days).
   8. Hair must be neat, clean, and well groomed. It must not interfere with school
       environment or educational objectives.
   9. Types of apparel, including jewelry, trench coats, emblems, badges, symbols, signs, or
       other items or manner of grooming which, by virtue of color, arrangement, trademark,
       symbol, or any other attribute indicates or implies gang membership or affiliation, or
       would substantially disrupt, distract, or materially interfere with the school environment,
       activity, and/or educational objectives, are prohibited on school grounds, or at any
       school-related activity, regardless of time or location.
   10. The district prohibits pictures, emblems, or writings on clothing that:
       *Are lewd, offensive, vulgar, or obscene.

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* Advertise or depict tobacco products, alcoholic beverage, drugs, or any other
        prohibited substance.
        * Contain derogatory remarks concerning any identifiable race, color, creed, national
        origin, religion, age, gender, or disability.

Most successful schools have a parent-student-teacher agreement. In order to achieve
the most impact in your child’s education, we strive to work together for a successful
learning experience. The Title I Parent Involvement Policy that parents will sign at the
first parent conference can be seen on pages 15 and 16. Please provide any input you
would like to share regarding this partnership to our Principal or Assistant Principals.

                                   Oveta Culp Hobby Elementary School
                                   Parent and Family Engagement Policy
                                                2021– 20221

The staff at Oveta Culp Hobby Elementary takes pride in doing what is best for students while promoting a
love of learning and academic growth. All parents and family members are welcomed and valued. At
Oveta Culp Hobby, we are focused on doing what is best for students in order to create a challenging,
positive learning environment where every Patriot grows every day.

Communication We believe communication between home and school is a two-way street. We stay in
touch with parents and family members in several ways: weekly take-home folders, fliers, KISD TV channel,
campus marquee, newsletters, campus website, Facebook, Connect-Ed automated phone calls, notes,
letters, emails and phone calls from a real, live person.8a

Parents and family members may contact us through phone calls, notes, letters, emails, classroom
messaging apps, and weekly take-home folders. We strongly encourage parents to contact their student’s
teacher when there is a concern so that we can work together for the good of the student.11d Written
materials will be sent home in both English and Spanish.15 If we need to translate things into another
language, please contact the school office. We’ll do our best to accommodate you. 2b

Parent and Family Member Learning We’ll help you understand the challenging Texas academic
standards11a, give you information about STAAR and KISD assessments11b, explain how to monitor your
child’s progress11c, and how to work with teachers as a team to help your student11d. Other classes will offer
ways to help your child at home, including how to stay current with new technology 12. We understand that
our parents work, attend school, or have other responsibilities that limit their schedules. To encourage
parent involvement, we strive to schedule key meetings and classes at flexible times and dates to include a
morning and an afternoon/evening session.6 Send suggestions for learning topics to our Parent Liaison point
of contact.16 If parents would like to have regular meetings to make suggestions about their child’s
education, please contact Dr. Warren at (254) 336-6500.9a

Hobby Tots Siblings between the ages of two to three years old are invited to bring their parents to our
weekly Hobby Tots group. During Hobby Tots time, our parent liaison provides activities that make learning
a fun experience and gives parents tips on early reading activities to do at home.12 It’s a great way to
spend time with your child.

Annual Title I Meeting17 Our annual Title I meeting is held in September of every school year. This meeting is
offered at flexible times and dates that are convenient to parents.17a,c All parents and family members are
invited to attend.17b We want everyone to know about Title I and how we use these funds to ensure that
students are successful.8a,17d1,2 We’ll discuss the Parent and Family Engagement Policy17d5, the Home-School
Compact17d4, “Parents Right to Know” and how you can be involved in your child’s education17d3. You’ll
learn about the curriculum we use8b, academic assessments8c, and what our latest STAAR scores look like8d.
We’ll even feed you a snack!

Title I Program Evaluation Our Title I program is evaluated several times a year by our Site Based Decision
Making committee, which must include at least one parent representative. SBDM provides input on our
Campus Improvement Plan and assists in making decisions about how Title I funds are spent.7a,c If you
would like to serve on SBDM, please contact Dr. Warren. We value your opinions and welcome all parents

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who would like to serve. For parents unable to participate in SBDM, an annual evening meeting is held for
the purpose of evaluating the plan and gaining parent input on changes for the upcoming year. 7a,c Note,
if for some reason the CIP is not satisfactory to parents, parent comments about the CIP will be submitted to

Parent and Family Engagement Policy and Home-School Compact We need your help! We must review
our current Parent and Family Engagement Policy and Home-School Compact every spring.5 Parents and
family members are a crucial, required part of this process.3 We meet together to discuss and make any
changes to these documents for the next school year.7b We must have your input. Publicity about this
meeting will be available in January. Both of these documents are posted on our campus website so that
parents, family members and the community have access to them. 4c Our website will allow you to translate
any posted information into any one of 107 different languages.2b The parent policy is also made available
during our Annual Title I Meeting and is included in our Student Handbook. 4a,b Your child’s teacher
discussed the Home-School Compact, and gave you information about your child’s achievement, during
fall conferences.11d Parents have the right to participate in decisions relating to their child’s education. 9b

Volunteer Orientation At the start of every new school year, and throughout the year, our volunteer
coordinator conducts a volunteer orientation to outline KISD policies. If you would like to volunteer, please
call our parent liaison at (254) 336-6500.14

Staff Awareness Our campus staff receives training each school year about the value of parent and family
member contributions at school.13a We stress how to reach out to, build ties with, and work with parents as
equal partners to make sure that all students are successful in their learning.13b,d Our staff is kept up to date
on our various parent programs, their role in the implementation and coordination of the programs, and how
they can encourage parent and family participation.13c

KISD Parent and Family Member Classes KISD offers classes free of charge for English as a Second
Language, computers, and GED preparation. Empowered Parents workshops and the Parent Academy
are also available. In addition, parents may attend and participate in the KISD Parent Advisory Council.
Contact the Special Programs Department for more information at 336-0240.14

                                  Hobby Elementary School
                                  Home-School Compact

What is a Home-School Compact?
This home-school compact offers ways that we can work together to help our students achieve the
State’s high standards. It provides strategies to help connect learning at school and at home. It is a
commitment made amongst teachers, parents, and students to share the responsibility for improving
student achievement.
Jointly Developed
This home-school compact is the result of continuous collaboration between our parents, families, and
staff. Our Site Based Decision Making Committee and our Parent Advisory Council meet several times a
year to share ideas and work toward common goals. In the spring of each year, we hold a Title I meeting
to review and revise this compact based on the school’s academic goals and students’ needs.

Building Partnerships
Hobby Elementary is committed to providing families with resources and opportunities for learning in
order to assist parents in working with their child. Please consider joining the staff and fellow parents
through some of the following events and programs:
    • Family Learning Nights

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•   Parent Workshops – morning and evening sessions offered on a variety of topics such as
         understanding STAAR, helping with homework, grade level expectations, helping your child in
         math and reading, and more. Parents may request specific topics of interest as well.

     • Volunteering
If you would like to volunteer, please contact our parent liaison at 254-336-6500.
Communication About Student Learning
Hobby Elementary is committed to frequent two-way communication with families about their children’s
learning. Some of the ways that parents and teachers communicate include:
    • Weekly Wednesday homework folders (daily for some grade levels)
    • Parent-teacher conferences in the fall and spring

     •   Progress reports and report cards

     •   Current grade checks through Home Access Center

     •   Newsletters and updates on the school website
     •   Hobby’s official Facebook page
For questions about your child’s progress, please contact the teacher by email or call 254-336-6500 to
leave a message. The teacher will return your call within 24 hours during a conference period or after
school when he/she is not instructing students.
Campus Goals
   1. By June 2022, 70% of PK-2nd grade students will be on or above grade level in reading and 75%
      on grade level in math as measured by CIRLCE and MAP.
     2. By June 2022, 80% of 3rd grade students will achieve Approaches Grade Level or higher on
        STAAR Reading.
     3. By June 2022, 85% of 3rd grade students will achieve Approaches Grade Level or higher on
        STAAR Math.
 Our Reading Focus                                      Our Math Focus
    • Phonics and sight words                              • Number sense
    • Vocabulary development                               • Problem solving
    • Reading fluency and comprehension                    • Math computation

Our Responsibility to Our Students
To enable our students to meet the State’s academic achievement standards, our school provides high
quality curriculum and instruction to our students in supportive and effective classroom environments. Our
teachers regularly engage in a deep study of the standards and receive ongoing professional
development to refine their instructional practices. We support our students and work hard to provide a
welcoming, safe school environment.

                                      TEACHER COMMITMENTS
To support student achievement goals, I will…
 ➢ Develop learning goals with students and send home materials to help parents support the learning
    goals at home.
 ➢ Involve students in daily reading activities and provide parents with resources to practice reading
    skills at home with their child.
 ➢   Share with parents the math problem solving strategies used in the classroom and send home at
     least one application problem a week.
 ➢   Provide a positive, safe, and effective learning environment for all students.
 ➢   Connect students with after-school activities that support their learning.

To support effective communication, I will…
 ➢   Review the home-school compact with parents at the initial parent teacher conference.

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